When he had gone out, his servants came; and when they saw that, behold, the doors of the parlor were locked, they said, Surely he is relieving himself in his summer chamber.
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George Leo Haydock
Door. Lyranus would prefer porticum, "the porch "as the Chaldean explains the Hebrew by exedra, a portico highly ornamented with pillars and seats, where the princes formerly used to administer justice. Homer give a grand description of the portico of Alcinous. (Odessey) (Haydock)
See that of Solomon described, 3 Kings vii. 6. (Calmet)
The Roman Septuagint adds after prostada, what may perhaps be a second version, "and he went through those who were drawn up "or the guards. He showed no signs of fear. (Haydock)
It was not necessary for him to take the key with him, as a common one was used for several chambers, and was necessary only to unloose some bands, with which the doors were fastened. The keys in the East are very large, and of a very different construction from ours. (Calmet)
Nature. Hebrew, "he covereth his feet. "The ancients did not wear breeches: they covered themselves with great care. (Calmet) See Deuteronomy xxiii. 13. (Haydock)
Parlour. Hebrew, "chamber. "Septuagint, "bed-chamber."